The nature of Part 3 means that lessons are organized around literary works. Because Part 3 works should be contextually rich in order to meet the intended learning outcomes, they may require research that goes beyond the text itself. 

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KHUSHNUMA GANDHI 19 January 2017 - 14:57

I wish to teach Persepolis. I need guidance if we need to do both parts or we can do one only:
Requesting guidance on urgent basis

David McIntyre 20 January 2017 - 00:17

Hi Khushnuma,

The books were published independently of one another. There is no requirement to do both parts (although my advice is that, if possible, you should cover both parts).

Best regards,


Deborah Walker 20 April 2017 - 14:55

Hi David,
Again, I am running out of time, but I have Hamlet and Metamorphosis for my part three. Is Metamorphosis in the PLT. I can't find it, but the IB Literature teacher said it is there. If it is not, please suggest something short and appropriate that I might do.

David McIntyre 22 April 2017 - 02:41

Hi Deborah,

Metamorphosis is not on the PLT (as far as I can see). Kafka is (in the short story section). I think, technically, Metamorphosis is best regarded as a novella, and thus, you would really require to study a second text by Kafka for this to qualify as a 'work'. Possibly, students could respond to a Paper 2 prompt through discussing (only) Metamorphosis and Hamlet. However, I think it is better I leave this decision to your professional judgment.

Best regards,


Tim Pruzinsky 22 April 2017 - 02:43

Hi Deborah,

Kakfa is listed for short stories, but I think I would consider "Metamorphosis" a novella. It's quite a fraught area and so I would advise this: If you want to teach Kakfa's "The Metamorphosis" ask IB Answers on the OCC. If they say okay, do so. I'm not comfortable saying that "The Metamorphosis" is a short story and not a novella or having that debate. IB Answers is the way to go on this one.

If you need short texts for your PLT choice "Death and the Maiden" can be read in under 2 hours. "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is quite short. I don't know your Part 4 works, but I am assuming that you can choose whatever genre you'd like here. Lastly, "A Doll's House" might work for you.


Katherine Adisa 11 May 2017 - 23:12

When choosing a work in translation, my understanding that it must be from the list and it must have been written in a language other than English. I have a new colleague coming from another school who is saying that as long as the work comes from the list of works in translation it doesn't matter what its original language is. Can you clarify?

Tim Pruzinsky 12 May 2017 - 00:20

Hi Katherine,

It must be a work in translation. For us, in English, that means it must have been written in a language other than English.

The PLT is designed for all languages. As such, texts originally written in English appear on it. In that way ,for example, students studying French L/L can read a text originally written in English as their work in translation.

We cannot study the English text as it is not in translation, even if it appears on the PLT. I hope that clarifies any confusion.


Annabel Greve Kristensen 19 June 2017 - 12:14

Hello Tim and David,

Thinking ahead to my next cohort, I would like to change my Part 3 texts. This year I taught my 2i SLs Edgar Allen Poe stories and 'No Exit'. It worked out well (I think!) as they were a small and very able class, however, I think that these texts might be too challenging in terms of context for some of my next cohort. I would very much like to teach 'The Crucible' but I am struggling to choose a work from the PLT that would go nicely with it. I'm considering doing To Kill a Mockingbird again as a third text for HL students. Do you have any words of wisdom?

Thank you!

Tim Pruzinsky 20 June 2017 - 01:13

Hi Annabel,

If you want another play, many people teach Ibsen ("A Doll's House," "Hedda Gabler" or "Ghosts."). "Death and the Maiden" would pair well with "The Crucible." If you are looking for a novel, "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" is a possibility as is "So Long a Letter."

As for "To Kill a Mockingbird," I love the text, but if you are looking for something written recently, Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" is phenomenal.

Because I don't know your students or your context, it's tough to give exact recommendations, but I think checking out the texts mentioned above is a good starting place.


Annabel Greve Kristensen 20 June 2017 - 10:19

Hi Tim,

This is wonderful, thank you so much! I will get reading!


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